I love readings stories like this (and it makes me proud to have been a Texan for a least a little while). Via Crooks and Liars via Burnt Orange Report blogging about an article in the Houston Chronicle, thousands of students from Prairie View A&M University yesterday marched 7.3 miles to vote in protest over a county decision to have only one early voting location:
Early voting starts today in Texas. In Waller County, a primarily rural county about 60 miles outside Houston, the county made the decision to offer only one early voting location: at the County Courthouse in Hempstead, TX, the county seat.
Prairie View A&M students organized to protest the decision, because they felt it hindered their ability to vote. For background, Prairie View A&M is one of Texas’ historically Black universities. It has a very different demographic feel than the rest of the county. There has been a long history of dispute over what the students feel is disenfranchisement. There was a lot of outrage in 2006, when students felt they were unfairly denied the right to vote when their registrations somehow did not get processed.